Tropical Lilly Pulitzer Inspired St. Pete Beach Wedding | Postcard Inn
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Tropical Lilly Pulitzer Inspired St. Pete Beach Wedding | Postcard Inn

Tory and Bradley's St. Pete Beach wedding featured tropical notes and vibrant prints along with a laid-back beachy vibe.

I wanted the wedding to be bright. The wedding theme/inspiration was Lilly Pulitzer. I wear a lot of Lilly and hardly own any plain black or white pieces so I felt this truly represented me. Our colors basically included every color: pink, blue, greens, purple, orange, yellow – you name it! Bonus, it looked great on the beach,” the bride beamed.

The Orlando couple wanted an all-inclusive relaxed beach venue to allow their 70 guests to enjoy the entire February wedding weekend.

“I have always wanted to get married on the beach. As we would have most people travel anyway, we picked a location that we thought would be nice for a weekend getaway. I wanted the focus for everyone to be to have fun, just a great party on the beach with a band,” the bride shared.Postcard Inn on the Beach stood out as there was a space on the beach that was easy to block off to do the ceremony. Additionally, they had the reception space right there. I loved the idea of putting the dance floor on the beach and having the tiki hut be the dining area. I loved that all of our guests could come for the weekend stay right on property and walk down to the ceremony and reception when it was time. Everything was so close and together so no one had to worry about transportation; it made it so easy.”

By hosting everything at one location, the bride and groom had more time for portraits, including the epic sunset as a backdrop.

“I loved that between the ceremony and reception we had some time to take husband and wife photos on the beach,” Tory gushed. “We had the perfect sunset, and the photos were stunning.”

The bride selected an elegant braided updo to pair with her classic makeup look, and for the overall look of her bridal party, Tory had a very specific vision.

Femme Akoi Beauty Studio was so easy to work with and wanted me to feel beautiful above all. When I had my first trial, I loved that I could honestly give feedback. I loved Ayla, who did my trial. She was just great to talk to and made me very comfortable with being able to give feedback and wanted to see how different things looked,” the bride shared. “The bridesmaids all picked out their own dresses, the only requirement was Lilly Pulitzer prints!”

Looking back, one of the bride's favorite memories included the emotion showcased by the groom, which Tory had a visible reaction to.

“My favorite moment of the ceremony was when Brad was saying his vows. He was so serious and I could hear how nervous he was, and I couldn't stop laughing,” the bride revealed. “During the reception, there were some great memories of everyone dancing. I think we even managed to surprise our planner with needing the bigger dance floor because everyone danced the majority of the night.”

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Deep V Neck Spaghetti Strap Tulle Ballgown with Beaded Silver Belt Wedding Dress | Stella York Dress
Bride in Deep V Neck Spaghetti Strap Tulle Ballgown with Beaded Silver Belt Wedding Dress Portrait | Stella York Dress | Femme Akoi Beauty Studio
Bridal Braided Updo with Crystal Detail Hair Piece | Femme Akoi Beauty Studio

What did you look for in a wedding hair and makeup artist?

When I had my first trial, I loved that I could honestly give feedback. Femme Akoi Beauty Studio was so easy to work with and wanted me to feel beautiful above all.

I loved Ayla, who did my trial. She was just great to talk to and made me very comfortable with being able to give feedback and wanted to see how different things looked.

Bright and Vibrant Bridal Bouquet with Ranunculus and Roses in Shades of Pink and Orange
Bride and Groom First Look Wedding Portrait | Bride in Tulle Spaghetti Strap Ballgown | Stella York Dress

The Proposal:

Brad and I were taking a road trip down the Pacific Coast Highway for about 10 days in November. We were actually on our last day in Laguna Beach. We had walked down along the water, and you can actually walk out into it on these rocks. I was taking some photos and turned around, and Brad got on one knee and asked me to marry him.

Bride with Bridesmaids in Lilly Pulitzer Bridesmaids Dresses Wedding Portrait | St. Petersburg Florida Wedding Venue Postcard Inn On the Beach
Bright and Vibrant Lilly Pulitzer Inspired Bridesmaids and Bridal Bouquet | Stella York Dress | Lilly Pulitzer
Maid of Honor Lilly Pulitzer Bridesmaids Dress
Bride and Groom with Bridal Party Wedding Portrait | Florida Wedding Venue Postcard Inn On the Beach | Lilly Pulitzer
Beach Wedding with Natural Wood Ceremony Arch and White Chairs | St. Pete Wedding Ceremony Postcard Inn On the Beach
Pink Candles in Gold Holder Wedding Aisle Décor | Beachfront Florida Wedding Ceremony Postcard Inn On the Beach
Postcard Inn On the Beach Florida Beach Front Wedding Ceremony

What did you look for in a wedding venue?

Our wedding planner and I looked at several venues on the beach. Postcard Inn on the Beach stood out as there was a space on the beach that was easy to block off to do the ceremony. Additionally, they had the reception space right there. I loved that all of our guests could come for the weekend stay right on property and walk down to the ceremony and reception when it was time.  It made it so easy.

I loved the idea of putting the dance floor on the beach and having the tiki hut be the dining area. It was fun, had a nice laid-back vibe, and everything was so close and together so no one had to worry about transportation.

Bride and Groom Exchange Vows Wedding Portrait Under Natural Wood Arch | Florida Beach Wedding Ceremony Postcard Inn On the Beach

Where did you spend your honeymoon?
We spent our honeymoon at the Andaz in Maui, HI. While I had hoped to go somewhere a bit more abroad we were limited due to the pandemic. It was perfect though!

Where did you host your bachelorette party?
I had my bachelorette party in Siesta Key. When we were planning to do a bachelorette party COVID was a consideration. I wanted to be in a location we could enjoy being outdoors in January and wouldn't risk being canceled.

Tropical Beach Front Wedding Reception | South Florida Wedding Venue Postcard Inn On the Beach
Tropical Wedding Seating Chart with Gold Lettering | Tropical Wedding Décor at Florida Venue Postcard Inn On the Beach
Beach Bike Wedding Décor | Postcard Inn On the Beach Florida Wedding Venue
Colorful Tropical Wedding Seating at Beachfront Wedding Reception | St. Petersburg Wedding Venue Postcard Inn On the Beach
Lilly Pulitzer Inspired Tropical and Vibrant Wedding Décor | Beach Wedding Bar
Lilly Pulitzer Inspired Tropical and Vibrant Wedding Décor
Bright and Vibrant Wedding Floral Centerpieces in Lilly Pulitzer Inspired Wedding
Bright and Vibrant Wedding Floral Centerpieces in Lilly Pulitzer Inspired Wedding
Lilly Pulitzer Inspired Tropical and Vibrant Wedding Tablescape with Pink and White Table Linen and White Chairs

How would you describe your theme/wedding design inspiration?

I wanted the wedding to be bright. The wedding theme/inspiration was Lilly Pulitzer. I wear a lot of Lilly and hardly own any plain black or white pieces so I felt this truly represented me. Bonus, it looked great on the beach!

What were your colors? 

As I had a Lilly Pulitzer-themed wedding it basically included every color: pink, blue, greens, purple, orange, yellow – you name it! 

Two Tier Wedding Cake With Pink Floral Detailing and Blue Frosting | Lilly Pulitzer Inspired Wedding Cake with Monogram
Bride and Groom First Dance Wedding Portrait | Florida Waterfront Wedding Reception Postcard Inn On the Beach

Which vendors really exceeded your expectations?
My photographers, holy cow they did a great job! The videographer was also one of the nicest people to work with, he really went above and beyond to capture the perfect day. The band was also just perfect, I received so many compliments from the guest on how great they played. 

Sunset Wedding Reception Florida Beach Front Venue Postcard Inn On the Beach

What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay couples?
Hire a planner. I had an amazing wedding planner, and she made the process so easy. I didn't do much in regards to planning, and she made sure I had the wedding of my dreams.

Enjoy the day, I may not have made the rounds but I really had a great time.

Quotes have been lightly edited for clarity and brevity.

Vendor Credits

 

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